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  • The Fortress by Alexander Watson review – a marvellous first world war study: Stench, terror, starvation ... this account of the great siege of Przemyśl, the longest of the war, has ethical authority and evocative power

    12/06/2019 10:29:04 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | December 5, 2019 | Christopher Clark
    By the first week of March 1915, food supplies inside the besieged fortress of Przemyśl were almost exhausted. Most of the horses that could be spared had been eaten. Bran, sawdust and bone meal were used to eke out the dwindling stock of flour. Cats were nowhere to be seen – they too had been eaten. A middle-sized dog fetched 20 crowns, if its owner could be persuaded to part with it. Even mice were being traded. The hospital was filled to overflowing with collapsing people. As one of the doctors tending them observed, the most shocking thing about the...
  • Long focused on Russia, NATO widens gaze toward China

    12/05/2019 3:38:16 AM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 2 replies
    Reuteurs ^ | 12/5/19 | By Phil Stewart and Robin Emmott
    ONDON (Reuters) - Seventy years since its Cold War-era founding as a transatlantic alliance focused on Moscow, NATO is expanding its gaze toward the increasingly muscular challenge posed by China
  • Pentagon denies US mulling 14,000 more troops for Mideast

    12/05/2019 12:20:07 AM PST · by Farcesensitive · 5 replies
    AFP via YAHOO ^ | December 4, 2019
    The Pentagon on Wednesday denied a report that the United States was weighing sending up to 14,000 more troops to the Middle East in the face of a perceived threat from Iran. The Wall Street Journal reported that the possible deployment would include "dozens" more ships and double the number of troops added to the US force in the region since the beginning of this year, citing unnamed US officials. The paper said President Donald Trump could make a decision on the troop boost as early as this month. But the Pentagon disputed the accuracy of the report. "To be...
  • At least 14 dead in Mexico gunbattle near Texas border

    12/01/2019 7:01:41 AM PST · by Levy78 · 44 replies
    KXAN Austin ^ | 12/1/19 | Associated press
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican security forces fought an hour-long gun gunbattle Saturday with suspected cartel gunmen in Villa Union, a town in Coahuila state about an hour’s drive southwest of Eagle Pass, Texas, leaving at least 14 people dead, officials said. Coahuila state Gov. Miguel Angel Riquelme told local media four of the dead were police officers killed in the initial confrontation, and that several municipal workers were missing. He said the armed group stormed the town of 3,000 residents in a convoy of trucks, attacking local government offices and prompting state and federal forces to intervene. Ten alleged...
  • Could an US supercarrier defeat the whole Japanese WWII navy?

    11/29/2019 12:24:51 PM PST · by OneVike · 137 replies
    YouTube ^ | Binkov Battlegrounds
    Today I'm being lazy. So as I continue to pick at the Turkey from time to time, I am also surfing the web. Well I stumbled upon something in my search for something else. What did I find? A bunch of videos that have me quite captivated. A series of videos on the subject of, "What If". In this video it's a question of, "What if, a modern SuperCarrier was transported back in time to take on the whole Japanese Navy in 1942." First let me warn you. DO NOT expect any award winning footage in the video. No....
  • Stuck In A Bloody Counter-Terror Quagmire, France Calls For Help In West Africa

    11/27/2019 8:49:20 PM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 40 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11.27.19 | Alasdair Lane
    On Monday night, France’s counter-terror stalemate in the Sahel struck a new low. Manoeuvring to engage militants on the ground, an attack helicopter collided mid-air with a troop transport chopper. Thirteen French personnel perished – the heaviest toll of a single incident in a generation. The tragedy is, for many, emblematic of France’s faltering West African mission, which, six years in, looks no closer to success.
  • How A Mexican Drug Cartel Nearly Triggered War Between The U.S. And Iran

    11/27/2019 7:27:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 11/27/2019 | Edward Chang
    The massacre of nine dual-citizen American Mexican Mormons less than 100 miles from the border with the United States serves as a reminder of the dangers the cartels pose and the existence of one of the worldÂ’s deadliest wars in AmericaÂ’s own neighborhood.The Mexican drug war and cartels donÂ’t preoccupy the national security/foreign policy establishment and the media the same way the Syrian civil war and Middle East militants do. But the conflict south of the border isnÂ’t only getting worse, Latin America stands to pose a greater (if not the greatest) national security challenge for the United States...
  • Sam Mendes’ ‘1917’ Plunges Into the Oscar Race

    11/25/2019 6:02:49 AM PST · by C19fan · 38 replies
    Variety ^ | November 23, 2019 | Brent Lang
    Sam Mendes’ “1917,” a gripping survival story that unfolds in the crucible of World War I, inserted itself into the awards race on Saturday with a series of well-received screenings in New York. The movie, which is made with great craft and care, now faces the unenviable task of trying to elbow into a crowded field of best picture contenders, one that already includes the likes of Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite,” and Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Many of these films have been on the festival circuit and these directors have subjected themselves...
  • Divorce Rates Are Falling, but Put a Hold on the Celebration

    11/23/2019 1:16:39 PM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 11 replies
    National review ^ | October 31, 2019 6:30 AM | By ALAN J. HAWKINS & BETSY VANDENBERGH
    The specter of divorce still haunts young adults and disadvantaged couples, contributing to family instability.
  • IMHO, Foreign aid is not sacrosanct - even to a desperate ally at war

    11/22/2019 3:18:12 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 20 replies
    <p>The president sets foreign policy according to the Constitution. Appointments and treaties must be approved by the senate, of course, but the president sets the overall policy. The giving of foreign aid, military aid, etc, is part of foreign policy and is controlled by the president, with congressional approval for the funds.</p>
  • In Future Wars, the U.S. Military will have nowhere to hide.

    11/21/2019 3:53:24 PM PST · by Glad2bnuts · 46 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 11/20/19 | Michael Beckley
    New technologies enable Russia and China to destroy U.S. bases and logistics networks—including those on the homeland. For most of its history, the United States has had the luxury of fighting its wars from safe havens. No major international battles have taken place on the continental United States in more than two centuries, and its offshore territory has not suffered a serious attack since Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in World War II. For the past few decades, even U.S. bases on foreign soil have faced few conventional military threats. The unprecedented immunity has enabled a particular American way of war...
  • Diary of soldier who became 1st World War hero..Bantam regiment for people below 5ft 3ins [tr]

    11/21/2019 6:54:31 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 20, 2019 | Nick Enoch
    The heroics of a pint-sized First World War captain who served in a special unit for short soldiers can finally be told after his war diary went up for sale - including how he repelled four German attacks. Captain Angus McKenzie Forsyth was under 5ft 3ins, which was below the British Army's minimum height requirement. But such was the necessity to recruit men to fight in the trenches, special 'Bantam' units were formed for vertically challenged Tommies Men who measured between 4ft 10ins and 5ft 3ins were eligible. Capt Forsyth volunteered as an inexperienced 20-year-old in September 1914, and joined...
  • Ukraine says it's ready to accept 'reasonable compromise' on conflict

    11/19/2019 10:40:27 PM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 30 replies
    Reuteurs ^ | November 19, 2019 | By Pavel Polityuk ,Reuters•
    kraine is ready to accept a "reasonable compromise" at a four-way summit on settling the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said on Tuesday.
  • A Chinese Navy with 10 Aircraft Carriers? It Could Happen.

    11/15/2019 11:53:18 AM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 115 replies
    The National Interest via yahoo ^ | November 13, 2019 | Richard D. Fisher Jr. ,
    In his reaction to the December 6 Chinese Global Times article quoting experts saying China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) may require five or six aircraft carriers, David Axe wrote an article asking, “Could Beijing really pull it off?” The short answer is that Beijing is just getting started.
  • Hong Kong protests: pitched battles colleges.. city verging on ‘brink of total breakdown

    11/12/2019 5:39:51 PM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 4 replies ^ | 13 Nov, 2019 | SCMP Reporters
    Demonstrators orchestrate another full day of citywide chaos intended to bring local government to its knees Officers draw guns while, at various locations including business district, protesters hurl bricks and petrol bombs amid tear gas and rubber bullets
  • Bolivian armed forces orders operations to 'neutralise' armed groups

    11/10/2019 5:34:51 PM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | NOVEMBER 10, 2019 | Reuters
    The Bolivian Armed Forces said it had ordered air and land operations to “neutralise” armed groups that act outside the laws, in a statement released on Sunday.
  • Thousands of Russian troops wearing WW2-era uniforms parade through Red Square to honour [tr]

    11/07/2019 7:00:12 AM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 7, 2019 | Ryan Fehay
    Russian troops clad in World War II-era uniforms marched across Moscow's Red Square in a reconstruction of a wartime parade on Thursday. The 1941 October Revolution Parade has become a symbol of Soviet valor and tenacity in the face of overwhelming odds. Thursday's re-enactment of the military event marks the 78th anniversary of march on the 7 November 1941.
  • The Coming Middle East Conflagration

    11/05/2019 5:53:11 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 15 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 11/4/19 | Michael Oren
    The senior ministers of the Israeli government met twice last week to discuss the possibility of open war with Iran. They were mindful of the Iranian plan for a drone attack from Syria in August, aborted at the last minute by an Israeli air strike, as well as Iran’s need to deflect attention from the mass protests against Hezbollah’s rule in Lebanon. The ministers also reviewed the recent attack by Iranian drones and cruise missiles on two Saudi oil installations, reportedly concluding that a similar assault could be mounted against Israel from Iraq. The Israel Defense Forces, meanwhile, announced the...
  • Donald Trump Ready for ‘WAR’ on Drug Cartels in Mexico: ‘Wipe Them Off the Face of the Earth

    11/05/2019 12:47:09 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 140 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/05/19 | CHARLIE SPIERING
    President Donald Trump said Tuesday the United States was ready for war against the drug cartels, volunteering American forces to Mexico for the job. “This is the time for Mexico, with the help of the United States, to wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth,” he wrote on Twitter.Trump’s remarks were sparked by news of American citizens getting slaughtered in Mexico, after getting caught in the crossfire of a cartel battle in the border state of Sonora. Relatives have said at least nine U.S. citizens were killed including six children of which two were...
  • A Great Awakening to the Fight Is Upon Us

    11/04/2019 3:04:57 AM PST · by a little elbow grease · 29 replies ^ | 11/2/19 | Mark Bauerlein
    Last week in a dinner speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., Princeton professor Robert George had some advice for social and religious conservatives: “You must fight.” It was an exhortation that does him no good in the academic world. It was fantastic. One of the people cheering at the end was William Barr, who delivered his own call to arms last month in a speech at Notre Dame. “I think we all recognize that over the past 50 years religion has been under increasing attack,” he said. Traditional believers have felt the “force, fervor, and comprehensiveness of the...